It seems there is some confusion these days about being in the sun. How much sun should we get? (Gotta have that vitamin D, right?) Do we use sunscreen every single time or not? How do we avoid skin cancer?
Well, I think the key is balance. The sun is very important for our bodies and our health. And it’s the second thing God created in our universe. He put it in the exact spot for our benefit!
We must have vitamin D! It helps us feel happier, helps us fight off cancer, and helps our bodies work properly. And a lack of vitamin D can lead to serious issues such as cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, fibromyalgia, and the list goes on and on. Yikes!
Skin cancer primarily isn’t even caused by the sun. It’s usually caused by the things we put on our skin and in our bodies and how those things react with the sun that causes the cancer.
So, here’s seven tips to help you stay safe in the sun this summer!
1.Eat foods that provide UV protection
Some great foods to help are omega 3 fatty acid fish such as wild caught salmon or tuna. You can also eat dark leafy greens and cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, or Brussels sprouts. In addition, add some red and orange fruits and veggies to boost your protection.
2. Drink green tea
This has been researched and has been known to help prevent some types of skin cancer. It’s full of polyphenols which also help prevent cancer development. Yay! I do recommend drinking organic hot or cold green tea (not the kind you buy at the gas station).
3. Eat the right oils
Healthy oils can do much to give you UV protection. Consume 1-3 Tablespoons daily of oils like coconut oil, olive oil, or avocado oil. These oils make your skin less resistant to sun damage and if you put it on your skin it can block up to 20% of UV rays!
4. Drink lots of water
Keeping your skin hydrated is super important when you’re in the sun often. I recommend to my clients to drink between 50% and 75% of your body weight in ounces of water a day.
5. Get 15-20 minutes a day of sun without sunscreen
Yes! Without sunscreen. This helps your body really be able to absorb the vitamin D it needs. Now, if you’re going to be out in the sun for long periods of time please take measures to stay safe and avoid getting burned.
6. Use shade or clothing protection
When you’re out all day in the sun at the beach, on the lake, or in the river you can protect yourself with shade, sun blocking clothing and sunglasses (don’t forget to protect your eyes too). I think these are underutilized tools to help keep us safe.
7. Choose a non-toxic safe sunscreen with an SPF of 15-30
The FDA has reported that 80% of sunscreens are ineffective and contain toxic ingredients. (And if the FDA admits it you know it has to be bad. EEK!) The Environmental Working Group suggests that sunscreen should be a last resort in protecting yourself in the sun. WOWIE. That’s a change in thought. They recommend that if you look at the ingredients and you wouldn’t eat it then don’t put it on your skin.
Have questions? I’m happy to help! Just ask!
Plus, stay tuned for the products I use and recipes for safe sun exposure!